Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
Students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress towards earning a degree as stipulated in the chart below to
receive financial aid at ISU from all federal student aid grant, work and loan programs. Some additional grants and
scholarships may also use part of the SAP standards as minimum criteria for receipt of funding.
REVISED effective Fall 2006 Undergraduate Graduate
Degree Levels Degree Levels
Total Hours Attempted and Recognized by ISU for 1 - 31 32 - up All
Degree Consideration from All Institutions
Minimum Cumulative GPA 1.70 2.00 3.00
Minimum % of Total Hours Successfully Completed 67.0% 67.0% 67.0%
(Measured as Hours Earned Hours Attempted)
Maximum Total Hours Attempted Allowed to Complete 150% of the specific 150% of the specific
Degree Requirements for Current Primary Program of degree programs degree programs
Study published length published length
1. SAP is calculated annually after the spring semester following the student’s first term of enrollment as a
regular degree-seeking student or at the point of awarding aid as a degree-seeking student. Some
additional non-degree students may be calculated for SAP based upon funding or program rules.
2. Quantitative (hours attempted and earned) and qualitative (cumulative GPA) SAP progress is measured.
3. Changes in major may alter your SAP status, which is based upon the current degree level pursued.
4. Students meeting the standards listed above when calculated will be in SAP GOOD STANDING.
5. SAP SUSPENSION will be required for students who do not meet the requirements shown above.
Eligibility for the aid programs listed above will be suspended. (See Appeals)
6. Rules are applied uniformly to all students for all periods of enrollment whether or not aid has been
7. Students who are on academic dismissal will be on SAP SUSPENSION. (See Appeals)
8. Students who meet SAP requirements, but are on academic probation will be on SAP PROBATION and
may be eligible for aid without a need to appeal.
9. Eligibility is reestablished after the student improves their academic record to meet the minimum standards
or an appeal due to unusual and/or mitigating circumstances is approved.
10. Students are held responsible for knowing SAP eligibility criteria and their status at the end of each
semester. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid if questions arise.
1. All courses taken at ISU and those taken elsewhere, which are recognized by the ISU Office of Registration
and Records as related to the current degree pursuit are counted as hours attempted regardless of grade
assigned. This includes courses which end as incompletes, failed, dropped or withdrawn after the 7 day
of class each term.
2. Only courses for which final grades issued are recognized by the ISU Office of Registration and Records as
acceptable for progressing toward degree completion will be counted as earned. (Example: A, B+, B, C+,
C, D+, D, S, P, etc.)
3. Courses shown as failed, incomplete, withdrawn, dropped or concluded with no grade submitted count as
hours attempted and not earned. Additional courses with non-passing results are counted similarly.
4. All courses designated as repeated for grade improvement count as hours attempted, but only count once
if passed as hours earned.
5. Courses attempted repetitively for credit count as both hours attempted and if passed as hours earned.
6. Audit and Non-credit classes are ineligible for financial aid and do not count in SAP calculations.
7. The official institutional GPA determined by the ISU Office of Registration and Records is used for all
qualitative measures except for Academic Renewal students, who have a separate calculation performed.
Additional Earned Credits and Remedial Classes
1. Credit hours earned by testing or other non-standard means are counted in the SAP calculations as both
hours attempted and earned. This includes hours earned from Credit by Exam, CLEP and CEEB tests, AP
Courses, Foreign Language Placement, Work Experience Credit, and Military Experience Credit.
2. All credit hours applicable to the current degree pursuit attempted through International Student Exchange
Program (ISEP), Study Abroad, the Indiana College Network (ICN) and through Consortium Agreements
with other institutions count in both attempted and earned calculations.
3. Remedial and ESL classes count in both attempted and earned hours calculations even though credits may
not apply toward completion of degree requirements. They may also impact GPA calculations.
1. Transfer students with no grade history at ISU will enter on SAP GOOD STANDING and will be eligible for
freshman grade level aid only.
2. Complete academic transcripts for work attempted at other institutions are expected to be submitted to the
Office of Admissions or the School of Graduate Studies before the end of their first semester at ISU. A
standard SAP calculation including this work and ISU hours will be run by the next scheduled increment.
3. Students making SAP will have aid eligibility recalculated relative to their new grade level.
4. Students failing SAP will be placed on SAP SUSPENSION and lose eligibility for further aid. (See Appeals)
Former ISU Students Returning To Complete Their Degree Pursuit
1. Former ISU students who were not enrolled at ISU for the most recent regular semester (fall or spring) will
re-enter at the SAP status earned at end of their last ISU enrollment.
2. Complete academic transcripts for work attempted at other institutions since their last ISU enrollment are
expected to be submitted to ISU before the end of their first semester back. A standard SAP calculation
including this work will be run by the next scheduled increment.
1. Federal regulations forbid eliminating hours included in an Academic Renewal from SAP calculations.
2. SAP calculations for hours attempted, hours earned and GPA for these students will include their current
academic history and courses excluded by the Academic Renewal.
3. Courses shown in both academic history and also as Academic Renewal Transfer Hours will only be
4. Repeated courses in this category will all be treated as hours attempted and if passed as hours earned.
Appeals and Reinstatement
1. SAP SUSPENSION may be appealed if unusual and/or mitigating circumstances affected academic
progress. Such circumstances may include a severe illness or injury to the student or an immediate family
member, the death of a student’s relative, student activation into military service or other circumstances as
deemed appropriate for consideration by the SAP Appeals Committee.
2. To appeal the student must submit a legible letter and a completed SAP Appeal Form to the Office of
Student Financial Aid. This should explain in detail why they failed to meet the minimum academic
standards, what unusual and/or mitigating circumstances caused the failure and how their situation has
3. Appeals must be received by the committee no later than 15 business days before the end of the payment
period for which reinstatement is desired.
4. The SAP Appeals Committee decision result will be sent to the student by mail or electronic means.
5. Appeal approvals are not applied retroactively after the end of a semester for federal grant or federal
campus based aid eligibility.
6. Appeal approvals will give the conditions and timeframe for maintaining aid eligibility.
7. SAP Appeals Committee decisions cannot be appealed to another source.
8. Students who raise their cumulative standards to equal or exceed the minimum requirements should
contact their financial aid counselor to see if they may be reinstated to SAP GOOD STANDING from that